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Chapter 5

1For every high priest who is chosen from among men is appointed to represent his fellow-men in their relations with God, and to offer gifts and sin-offerings. 2He can sympathize with the ignorant and misguided because he is himself subject to weakness, 3and on this account he is obliged to offer sacrifices for sin, not only for the people but for himself as well. 4And no one takes the office upon himself, but men assume it only when called to it by God, as Aaron was. 5So even Christ did not claim for himself the dignity of the high priesthood, but he was appointed to it by him who said to him,

“You are my Son! I have today become your Father!”

6For he says in another passage,

“You are a priest forever of the priesthood of Melchizedek.”

7For Jesus in his life on earth offered prayers and entreaties, crying aloud with tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and because of his piety his prayer was heard. 8And although he was a son, he learned to obey, through what he suffered, 9and when he was fully qualified, he became a source of unending salvation for all who obey him, 10since God pronounced him a high priest of the priesthood of Melchizedek.

11I have much to say to you about this, but it is difficult to make it clear to you, because you have become so slow of apprehension. 12For although from the length of your Christian experience you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very elements of Christian truth, and you have come to need milk instead of solid food. 13For anyone who is limited to milk is unacquainted with Christian teaching, for he is only an infant. 14But full-grown men have a right to solid food, for their faculties are trained by practice to distinguish right and wrong.

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